When Saturn transits the Midheaven the need for security and achievement influences your career, status, and how you’re seen by the world at large. Saturn represents the structures and limitations of your life, and what you need to do in order to be true to yourself and build the life you want.
When Saturn transits the Midheaven it focuses your attention on your career goals and/or vocation. The harmonious transits – sextile and trine – will bring increased self-confidence and a clear idea of what you’re trying to achieve, plus a willingness to work hard to get where you want to go. The hard angles – square and opposition – will bring tests and problems if you haven’t been true to yourself in your choice of goals.
When Saturn conjuncts your Midheaven and crosses into the 10th house you may feel a great sense of purpose towards achieving your goals, and you may receive recognition for the work you’ve already done, or a promotion, award or honour of some kind. But don’t get cocky – it can go the other way too. If you haven’t been true to your values or you’ve cut corners on your way up the ladder or simply aren’t up to the job, you could fail now.
This transit is an opportunity to take on more responsibility and to look more closely at what you’re capable of. Saturn encourages you to evaluate how effective you are in the world and you may have to prove your worth when somebody in authority passes judgement on your actions. Your strengths and talents may be applauded, but your weaknesses and failures will be criticised, and you could experience a little of both.
Whatever happens now, positive or negative, could lead to greater accomplishments later if you take responsibility for yourself and learn the lessons that Saturn brings. You can learn a lot about yourself, your ambitions, and the true value of your goals and dreams. Nothing is guaranteed in terms of success or achievement, but you can experience a shift in perspective during this transit that brings greater self-knowledge.
If you do experience success now, you may also feel the pressure of responsibility and have more work to do. There may be hard lessons to learn and higher expectations to live up to. If you experience failure, it’s an opportunity to re-evaluate your goals in terms of your deeper needs and values.
It’s also possible that judgement will come from something beyond your control and that despite your best efforts, you fail anyway. This could be because of changes in the economy, for example, or a death in the family, or an injury or accident. If this happens, take the opportunity to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, and your place in the world. There may be something else you can do that’s more meaningful in your changed circumstances. A failure doesn’t have to mean giving up on your goals; you might just need to modify them to reflect your new situation.
Possibilities with Saturn transiting the Midheaven:
- Recognition and achievement in your career
- Changing jobs or careers
- Taking on more responsibility
- Discovering what you really want in life
Watch out for:
- Getting fired or being made redundant
- Fall from grace
- Avoiding responsibility
- Feeling alienated from others
When Saturn transits the Midheaven it doesn’t just affect your career or social position because it’s also forming an aspect to your IC – the cusp of the 4th house. This is the foundation of your chart and it will also be tested during this transit. You may find that you’ve neglected your family and domestic life in favour of getting ahead in your career, or that your personal life is getting in the way of your ambitions and that you need to draw clearer boundaries. The ideal is to find a balance between the personal and the professional because you need both to function effectively in the world.
When Saturn conjuncts your Midheaven it’s also forming an opposition to the IC which means the foundation you built around 14 years ago, when Saturn entered your 4th house, will come under pressure. You’ll be tested wherever you feel most insecure, so if your foundations aren’t strong enough you could encounter difficulties now. If you find yourself on shaky ground, take it as an opportunity to strengthen yourself and to make necessary changes for the future. This transit may be preparing you for a career that you’ll have later, not the one you have now.
See also: Saturn Transits: 10th House
- Planets in Transit – Robert Hand
- Transits – Betty Lundsted
- Saturn Cycles – Wendell C. Perry